Happy Friday and Happy Halloween! The weekend is finally here! Things have been quite busy over in my world, and I’m ready for a little rest. It’s hard to believe, tomorrow is Halloween, where did this month go! I hope you have some healthy treats ready for your trick or treaters! No candy here – this year I’m handing out B-Up bars to my ghosts and goblins!
Without further ado, lets jump into this week’s fun new find!
This week’s Friday Food Finds is no trick but certainly a treat(sorry if that was a bit corny)! I will be sharing with you my review for Freekeh Foods.
Freekeh Foods sent me three packages of their organic freekeh to try; Original, Rosemary Sage and Tamari flavor.
So what is Freekeh? According to legend, Freekeh originated by accident when an ancient Middle Eastern village was attacked and their young wheat fields were set ablaze. In attempts to salvage their crops, the villagers rubbed away the burnt chaff and found that the roasted kernels inside were delicious! Since that time, Freekeh (which literally means, “to rub”) became a mainstay of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.
Freekeh Foods was founded in 2012 by Troy De Smet, the company president. They are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their passion is to provide delicious organic and conventional freekeh based products to all of their customers.
All of their products are certified organic by Oregon Tilth, Kosher certified and Non-GMO Project Verified. For those of you that follow a gluten free diet, Freekeh is a wheat thus not gluten free.
Cooking freekeh is super simple and very similar to rice. It’s 1 part freekeh to 2 1/2 parts water, bring to a boil and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
When compared to other whole grains, freekeh is higher in protein and fiber for the calories, with 6g of protein and 4g of fiber per 130 calories (1/4 cup). The serving size is 1/4 cup of dry or uncooked grain.
I couldn’t wait to start experimenting with my Freekeh. I wanted to try the original first to get an idea of how versatile it really is. The original Freekeh doesn’t have much of it’s own flavor and the nuttiness actually reminds me of plain steel cut oats. I made a Warm Apple Pie Breakfast Bowl with the Original flavor. Topped with some sliced apple, this bowl was very filling! The Original is my top pick for this week’s Friday Food Finds.
- ¼ cup Original Freekeh
- 1 small gala apple, diced(reserve a few slices for the top)
- 1 tbs ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp pumpkin spice
- ½ cup unsweetened cashew milk
- Add your freekeh, diced apple and cashew milk to a small saucepan.
- Once it comes to a boil, turn the heat to low and place a lid on your pan.
- Keep stirring until all liquid is just about evaporated.
- Place into a bowl and top with some sliced apples.
- This would also be delicious with some nuts sprinkled on top or almond butter!
Rosemary Sage Freekeh
The Rosemary Sage is seasoned with the aromatic flavor of organic rosemary, organic sage and organic sea salt – which they recommend with chicken or pork, or cold summer salads or warm risotto-style dishes. I decided to use mine as a stuffing for my Delicata Squash. I kept it pretty simple. I sauteed some arugula and red onion, added it to the cooked freekeh along with some reduced sugar craisins. What a perfect side dish! This would make an awesome stand alone side dish for Thanksgiving or on “Meatless Monday” along with a huge salad!
The Tamari is seasoned with Tamari soy sauce giving it a wonderful Asian flair. It is made from only organic ingredients and is great paired with stir-fries, salmon or fish. This flavor was absolutely delicious and was a welcome side dish to my Maple Glazed Salmon. The Tamari flavor would also pair well with some Thai Peanut Sauce.
Freekeh is widely available at most large grocery store chains and health food stores. To learn more about Freekeh visit them online and follow them on social media.
Have you ever heard of/tried Freekeh? How would you use Freekeh in a meal? Please share – I would love to hear from you!